The Future

The Trustees are currently examining possibilities for the future development of the Hall building. The report of a feasibility study undertaken by Hewitt Studios in 2013 can be found here. Unfortunately, the value of the proposed rebuild at over £2 million, has been  unrealistic to finance in the current funding climate for community buildings, particularly outside areas of deprivation.

The Trustees are now considering a phased redevelopment of the Hall including renovation of the existing main hall space, with purpose built annexes or extensions to provide accommodation for Freshford Pre-school and Freshford doctor's surgery. The Trustees feel a phased redevelopment will be more achievable as different aspects  of the project can be implemented as and when relevant funding becomes available. The first step in this process is to gain planning permission or a Community Right to Build Order for the redeveloped Hall. Planning permission or the equivalent Community Right to Build Order for communities with a Neighbourhood Plan such as Freshford and Limpley Stoke is a necessary prerequisite for all grant applications for capital works. 

A further initial step is to convert Freshford Village Memorial Hall registered charity 304545 to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). A CIO is a corporate body that has its own legal identity, which is separate from that of its trustees and members, meaning it can directly enter into contracts; employ staff; incur debts; own property; and sue and be sued.

This will reduce the personal liability of the trustees  prior to the Hall engaging in major contracts for the Development project. Further benefits of the CIO structure, include providing access to additional grants and social enterprise loans, which are only available to community organisations with an incorporated legal structure. The Hall trustees are currently aware of Community Buildings Project Support grant funding made available by the Department for Communities and Local Government, which would be suitable to fund the professional fees necessary to take the Hall's redevelopment plans to a Community Right to Build Order (instead of planning permission). A report explaining the benefits of converting to a CIO in more detail is attached to this web page.



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Claudia Towner,
Jun 23, 2017, 2:55 AM
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Claudia Towner,
Jun 23, 2017, 2:56 AM